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Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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At your weight, FR gear IS lightweigh XC stuff. Meaning, proportionally, a lightweight wheelset should be a set of SUN Rhyno Lites.
I recommend a coil spring vs an air sprung shock and front suspension. I know some Clydesdale running air, but they have to put so much air that they are at the max recommended pressure for their suspension components.
With a coil spring you can buy different spring rates. e.g. I run X-Tra Heavy for my forks, and I have a 900 lb spring for my Vanilla Rear shock.
If you go to the Fox suspension website you can see what the max spring rates are available and recommended for your bike.
My weight varies from 260 to about 240 and I have no problems with my bike(s). I rarely bottom out my rear and occasionally bottom out the forks.
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